From a blog post I shared nearly a year ago…
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. 22 The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. 26 It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. 28 Let him sit alone and be silent since He has laid it on him. 29 Let him put his mouth in the dust, perhaps there is hope (Lam 3:21-29 NASB).
Jeremiah’s statements thus far concerning Judah have been of despair, but now God’s Promises of Mercy and Grace come to his “mind.” Only this can give him “hope,” is this is the only True Hope.
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I have gone with the multitude, I went with them to the House of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude who kept holyday (Psalm 42:4 KJV).
As the Prophet enters the Intercessory role, he will now learn that God Himself, in the absence of all outward spiritual fellowship, is a sufficing portion for Faith, and even in the face of what looks like catastrophic defeat. The Holy Spirit directs Jeremiah’s attention—and Judah’s—away from their plight to “the LORD’s Mercies.”
“The LORD is My Portion” proclaims the fact that anything and everything that one truly needs is found in the LORD, and only in the LORD.
Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: You maintain my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yes, I have a goodly heritage (Psalm 15:4-6 KJV).
Let him give his cheek to the smiter, let him be filled with reproach. 31 For the Lord will not reject forever, 32 For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness. 33 For He does not afflict willingly or grieve the sons of men. 34 To crush under His feet all the prisoners of the land, 35 To deprive a man of justice in the presence of the Most High, 36 To defraud a man in his lawsuit— of these things the Lord does not approve. 37 Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth? (Lam 3:31-38 NASB).
Even though he is filled with reproach, and, as Job, is ridiculed by others, still, he knows the LORD and they don’t. They have no saving Faith, no Holy Spirit to write God’s Law on their hearts. They are not Children of God.
Jehovah God does not afflict in a malicious spirit, as man does. Men afflict in order to hurt, but God afflicts to help, to bring us to maturity in Him. In this instance, the “prisoners of the land” refers to the unhappy Jewish captives of the Babylonians. Even though they had terribly sinned and were, therefore, under the just judgment of God, still, He would not allow them to be “crushed.” And ultimately, He would deliver them.
The Most High is the Heavenly Supreme Court. No matter what the individual had done, as Judah, if they will sincerely repent, the LORD will guarantee Deliverance and Restoration, and will not “deprive men of justice.”
“The LORD does not approve” means that regardless of what those without a saving Faith say, the LORD will not “approve” of their denial of Mercy and Grace to all who repent and seek after Him in obedience or that he can and will use them for His Glory. Through Jeremiah, the Holy Spirit asks, “Who is he who says it can, when God says it cannot?”
And the opposite is true as well. It is a fearsome thing to speak presumptuously in the Name of God. It’s no small matter. The LORD does not say He will, when He won’t. Neither does He say He won’t, when He will.
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? (James 3:8-11 NASB).
Source: Jeremiah’s Loving-Kindness